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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,943 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 4,943
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 462
Gots: 366 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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zhooker

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like porters are the most authentic, that is to say original, ales. At least in the modern beer-drinking era (I.e., not including meads, braggots, etc). Of course I have no historical data to back this up; just a feeling.

Anyways -- back in Ohio to visit the fam, another Great Lakes to review. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a DFH pint glass. Dark -- almost opaque -- but enough light glimmering through to give it a DEEP amber glint here and there. Huge, rocky head peaks over the glass, slowly bubbling and dissipating, leaving a bevy of pretty lace en route.

Diving in for the first sip, it's all bittersweet chocolate on the nose. Insanely robust maltiness. A few sips later, I'm feeling coffee more than the chocolate. Big aroma, and all the parts are working together.

Through the first quarter of the glass, I'm really surprised by the hop presence, given how big the malts were in the scent. They're subtle, and the malts still definitely reign, but the bitter finish is there. There is a sweetness here, but not one I would tire of after two or three pints. It's a pleasant, balanced sweetness. Choco-coffee remains the predominant flavor. Mocha latte anyone? Jokes, folk. This brew's got a lot more meat on it than a fancy cuppa.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but I do feel a little thickening building at the back of my throat due to the sweetness. It would take three to four pints for this to become annoying though.

This is a model porter. It is distinguished by its robust malts and its chocolate/coffee flavors, but nothing is so big that its out of balance. I could drink this all night. I have had this beer at least a dozen times, and this is the first time I've sat down to reflect a little and write about it. Glad to finally confirm that one of my hometown craft brews is indeed a winner. Very glad.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 23:57:34 | More by zhooker
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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,943 ratings.